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Anand Agricultural University, Anand

Anand Agricultural University (AAU) was established in 2004 at Anand with the support of the Government of Gujarat, Act No.(Guj 5 of 2004) dated April 29, 2004. Caved out of the erstwhile Gujarat Agricultural University (GAU), the dream institution of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Dr. K. M. Munshi, the AAU was set up to provide support to the farming community in three facets namely education, research and extension activities in Agriculture, Horticulture Engineering, product Processing and Home Science. At present there seven Colleges, seventeen Research Centers and six Extension Education Institute working in nine districts of Gujarat namely Ahmedabad, Anand, Dahod, Kheda, Panchmahal, Vadodara, Mahisagar, Botad and Chhotaudepur AAU's activities have expanded to span newer commodity sectors such as soil health card, bio-diesel, medicinal plants apart from the mandatory ones like rice, maize, tobacco, vegetable crops, fruit crops, forage crops, animal breeding, nutrition and dairy products etc. the core of AAU's operating philosophy however, continues to create the partnership between the rural people and committed academic as the basic for sustainable rural development. In pursuing its various programmes AAU's overall mission is to promote sustainable growth and economic independence in rural society. AAU aims to do this through education, research and extension education. Thus, AAU works towards the empowerment of the farmers.


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    (AAU, Anand, 1952) Mehta, Bansidhar Vithaldas; Shah, C. C.
    Potassium is one of the fifteen chemical elements that have been shown to be essential for the growth of plants. It facilitates the production of translocation of sugars and starches from the leaf, stiffens the straw of cereal crops and the grass tribe generally and enables the plant to withstand adverse conditions of soil, climate and disease. It tends to counteract the rankness of growth developed by a abundant nitrogen. The continued growing and harvesting of crops remove large quantities of potassium from the soil. Our soils have produced thousands of crops which have removed huge quantities of potassium from the soil. In the usual fertilizer practice followed in this country potassium has not been included. The question, whether it will be necessary to include it in the near future, stimulates interest in the problem of potassium status of our soils.